I see my practice as an analytical approach to art making – the work is always investigative. Instead of an act of pure creation, I aim to discover a new way of representing something. My most recent concerns are to do with movement and how movement can relate to language, and hence to ideas. Ultimately, movement is abstract – it is best described as a journey from point A to point B. It is a line. The movement that occurs in the face is most commonly associated with emotion and so it is given that movement can communicate vague things such as feelings. What is infinitely more intriguing is how a face moves when it speaks. Here it is able to communicate more concrete ideas – be those expressed in a poem, in literature, or in conversation. So as opposed to an abstract entity (movement) relating to an abstract concept (emotion), movement can also relate to something much more detailed and tangible. Movement is the direct physical manifestation of an idea – in many ways it is the most immediate, being necessary for speech but also other forms of communication, such as ringing home or writing a letter. Despite this, or perhaps because of this, it goes unnoticed – instead attention is paid to what is being communicated (rather than how) or who is communicating.
Tracking the movement of 16 individual's thumbs as they dial the number of where they grew up